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Zvezda 1/48 scale Su-25 “Frogfoot” plastic model kit review

Complex and detailed with plenty of weapons to hang underneath
Kit:4807 // Scale:1/48 // Price:$93.99
Zvezda (Sample courtesty of mfr.)
Awesome surface detail; great fit; fantastic decals
Distorted front windscreen; sparse cockpit detail
Injection-molded plastic (gray and clear); 359 parts; decals
The Zvezda 1/48 scale Su-25 “Frogfoot” jet is a gem of a kit. Brimming with weapon options and two decal sheets, the kit allows you to build one of six different versions: one Czech, one Bulgarian, two Soviet, and two Russian. Incredible raised and recessed surface details look great. Although there are a few 1/48 options of this subject, this is a huge improvement over older kits from other brands.

Like most aircraft kits, this one starts with the cockpit where I found the only real downside to the model. The cockpit tub and instrument panel are basic, with no surface detail. Decals mark the instrument panel and side consoles and look good, but raised details would improve the appearance. On the other hand, the multipart ejection seat is fantastic, with realistic seat belts molded into the seat back.

Because the landing-gear openings are small, follow the instructions and install them in the assembly sequence; you won’t be able to install them later.

Fuel intake trunks lead all the way to the compressor blades. Though a complicated assembly — 9 parts! — I found no fit issues with the fuselage. All the raised rivets characteristic of the Su-25 are incorporated into most pieces, and you don’t have to worry about sanding them off because the fit is that good.

You can build the Su-25 in flight with the pilot and display stand (sold separately) or sitting on the tarmac. The kit provides options for an open or closed canopy and speed brakes. Yes, there are plenty of armaments in the box, but you may want to research the version you want to build. If you build the box variant (378th Separate Strike Regiment, Bagram, Afghanistan, 1987), there are handy photos on the back of the box for reference.

A color instruction sheet shows paint and decal placement, and a separate decal sheet is included for stencils. It can be confusing because there are a lot. Color callouts on the side of the box are for Tamiya and Zvezda paints.

Honestly, the completed Zvezda 1/48 scale Su-25 “Frogfoot” looks amazing. My only real issue was the canopy. The front windscreen was badly warped. However, I got it to fit with glue and patience. Otherwise, it’s a great kit with wonderfully detailed parts and practically no fit issues. It’s not difficult to assemble, but it is a complicated kit, which means it’s suitable for modelers with some experience. I bet this jet will look even better parked next to an A-10.
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